Saturday, December 10, 2016

NEUROSCIENCE - Your BRAIN ON GOD: Google+

NEUROSCIENCE - Google+: "This is your brain on God
Scientists found that having a religious or spiritual experience activates the brain's "reward circuits" in the same way that love, sex, gambling, drugs and music do.

More than 5.8 billion people say that religion and spirituality have some influence on their lives. Yet scientists know very little about what happens in the brain when someone is having a religious experience. Why does one person feel peace, joy and positivity, while another feels motivated to carry out an act of violence? Are the same neural networks in the brain responsible for both? Or do they differ from one person to the next?

These and many other questions are the focus of new research from neuroradiologist Jeff Anderson, M.D., Ph.D., and his colleagues at the University of Utah School of Medicine.

The findings, part of the university's Religious Brain Project, have the potential for identifying how people are different and how they are the same when it comes to religion and spirituality.

Interesting reading via DiscoveryNews
http://www.seeker.com/this-is-your-brain-on-god-2117877144.html

Journal article:
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17470919.2016.1257437?scroll=top&needAccess=true

#neuroscience   #research   #humanbrain   #religion   #medicine   #health  

Matt B: +Bryce Etheridge first and foremost: this isn't meant as a blame game or witch hunt but even the first few hits on Google even reveal that there are fundamental differences between psychopaths and "normal" empathetic people:

smithsonianmag.com - The Neuroscientist Who Discovered He Was a Psychopath
http://www.businessinsider.com/what-a-psychopath-brain-looks-like-2015-7?IR=T
http://psychcentral.com/news/2012/05/11/scans-show-psychopaths-have-brain-abnormalities/38540.html
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-empathic-brain/201307/inside-the-mind-psychopath-empathic-not-always
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/24/psychopath-brain-hardwiring-concern-for-others_n_3149856.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/07/psychopath-brain-structure-_n_1497753.html
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=127888976
http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/01/life-as-a-nonviolent-psychopath/282271/
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Scientists found that having a religious or spiritual experience activates the brain's "reward circuits" in the same way that love, sex, gambling, drugs and music do.

More than 5.8 billion people say that religion and spirituality have some influence on their lives. Yet scientists know very little about what happens in the brain when someone is having a religious experience. Why does one person feel peace, joy and positivity, while another feels motivated to carry out an act of violence? Are the same neural networks in the brain responsible for both? Or do they differ from one person to the next?

These and many other questions are the focus of new research from neuroradiologist Jeff Anderson, M.D., Ph.D., and his colleagues at the University of Utah School of Medicine.

The findings, part of the university's Religious Brain Project, have the potential for identifying how people are different and how they are the same when it comes to religion and spirituality.

Interesting reading via DiscoveryNews
http://www.seeker.com/this-is-your-brain-on-god-2117877144.html

Journal article:
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17470919.2016.1257437?scroll=top&needAccess=true

#neuroscience #research #humanbrain #religion #medicine #health 
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Matt B: +Bryce Etheridge agreed, I've however taken from several websites the essence that [people with a differently functioning brain aren't meant to be ostracized or pre-judged but] "to be aware of it" (which also is taught at medical schools of various seldom "conditions" to avoid for them falling under the radar),

the most important fallacy one could make to assume is that "all brains/minds are created equal" and thus underestimate the potential danger people with a sociopathic build-up (or psychopathic with negative tendencies ?) could pose in very high positions of power and/or politics for the society and people as a whole ...

This would make for pretty interesting thought experiments and investigations - I'm sure,

or even might provide interesting revelations of our current state of the world ...
THY WILL BE DONE
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